Register to Race

Registration opens on Monday January 1st at noon
and will sell out in minutes, not hours.

Race Day:  Sunday, May 6th
Half Marathon, 7 Miler, Mighty Cow Challenge (3.1 miler followed by half marathon with a short break in between), Piglet Prance Kid’s Race

Registration
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2 of our complimentary gifts this year (included with registration):

  
left: HEATHER BLACK COOLMAX SHIRT (Color is darker than it appears here)
right  COOLMAX HAT- Hat will say 2018 on it        

Knitting & Spinning by the Fire

On Sunday February 4 from 12 – 3 p.m. bring your knitting projects and enjoy a relaxing afternoon by the fire with seasoned knitters and members of the Nutmeg Spinners to coach you on your knitting challenges and invite you to try your hand at their spinning wheels.

Recommended for any skill level.

    This adult program is free, but ask that you purchase a skein of New Pond Farm yarn ($12) and donate a scarf, hat, or pair of mittens to the Farm for sale at the Harvest Festival.

Please register online or by calling (203) 938-2117.

Shakespeare Workshop for Actors Grades 7 – 12

On Monday evenings January 22 – March 26 (excluding Feb. 5 and 16) from 7-9 pm accomplished actress and educator Julia Levo will create an exciting and positive environment in which actors will delve into a comprehensive exploration of scenes and monologues from one of Shakespeare’s greatest tragedies, Macbeth. Students will explore this play in an intensive eight-week acting program designed exclusively for middle and high school students.

Students will develop skills in character development, vocal technique, acting craft, and text analysis. Key scenes and monologues (using non-traditional casting) will be woven together and performed for an invited audience during the last class.

This eight-week program is $250 per New Pond Farm Member and $275 per Non-member

Registration is required, space is limited. Please register online or by calling (203) 938-2117.

January Astronomy

On Saturday, January 20th starting at 6:30 p.m. New Pond Farm (101 Marchant Rd., West Redding) will be hosting an astronomy program open to the public.

On “Astronomy Hill” we will use our telescopes to view craters and seas on the 4-day-old moon and view the Orion nebulae, star clusters, and the planet Uranus. Our astronomy volunteers will also point out and discuss the winter constellations of Orion, Canis Major and Minor, Gemini, Taurus, and Auriga. Attendees with a smart phone can try their hand at taking a photo of the moon.

There will be an optional preview in the Learning Center classroom at 6pm, this will give participants, especially children, a better understanding of what they will be viewing out on the hill.

Please dress for the outdoors, there is a warming building next to the telescopes, and please bring a flashlight for the walk to and from the observatory.

The program is $4 per New Pond Farm Member, with a maximum of $16 per Member family an $6 per non-member, with a maximum of $24 per family.

Registration is required. Please register online or by calling (203) 938-2117.

If the skies appear cloudy, please check the website after 4 p.m. for program status.

Winter/Spring Classic Movie Series at the Library

The Winter/Spring Classic Movie Series at the Easton Public Library begins on Thursday, January 18th at 7:00 p.m. with the cult classic movie from 1943, I Walked With a Zombie, which was directed by Jacques Tourneur and stars Frances Dee.   In tribute to Frances Dee, there will be a special presentation by her son, Peter McCrea.  The film series continues on Wednesday, March 14th with the Howard Hawks 1939 masterpiece, Only Angels Have Wings, with Cary Grant and Jean Arthur.  On Wednesday, April 18th, the film series concludes with a Howard Hawks comedy from 1952, Monkey Business, starring Cary Grant and Marilyn Monroe. The film series is hosted by film historian and former Library Board of Trustees Chair Jon Sonneborn, and sponsored by the Easton Arts Council. Registration is suggested. For more information, please contact Lynn Zaffino at 203-261-0134, or via email at lzaffino@eastonlibrary.org.

Warm Reception as Library Reopens

Its been a long two weeks for Redding without the use of its comfortable living room.

The furnace at the Mark Twain library malfunctioned and the building had to be closed during the coldest weather we have had this winter. Collections had to be removed to guarantee their safety. Even the book return slots had to be sealed to keep the cold outside air from making the situation worse.

Reddingites were concerned about the safety of one of our favorite gems. Many felt lost without the centerpiece of Redding life.

Board President Jennifer Wastrom, Library Director Beth Domminiani and their team worked tirelessly to protect our treasures while working with suppliers to get the furnace replaced.

After a chilly couple of weeks, the doors of the Mark Twain library opened today.

The parking lot was constantly full with residents coming and going to return overdue books – fines were waived during the closure. They happily used their cards to take out new books and movies.

Coffee, cocoa and cookies were offered as a small celebration for customers today.

It may have been a day off from school, but local high school students used it as a study day for midterms. A quartet of Barlow students expressed their relief that the library was open for them to gather and study together. Hayden Beach, Melissa Kontogiannis, Kate MacDonald and Grace McDonald said that they always study at the Mark Twain library. The young women thought the library was conducive to learning together and the environment was really pretty. And, it didnt hurt that they were able to get hot cocoa and cookies.

A different kind of seniors were using the computers. Long time Reddingite Richard Mullins said that he missed the library terribly. He remarked that it was impossible to really appreciate what we had until it was gone.

Beth Dominianni said that she was grateful to the community for their patience and support. She thought it was lovely so see so many community members come in to visit on the first day.

Click here to donate to the Mark Twain library to help allay the costs of the new furnace


Circulation Assistant Ken Rietschel displays the donation box for the Furnace Fund.

ERCCC Meeting

Come join us on Wednesday, January 10th at 7pm for the
Easton Redding Community Care Coalition Parent meeting

Are you, your teenager or a family member struggling with stress and anxiety?

Our meeting will include a presentation by Kathy Katts, Holistic Wellness Counselor, and Mindfulness Expert.  Kathy will discuss the root of anxiety and introduce HOW TO strategies to allow for immediate shifts in mindset. Scientific research from a holistic and consciousness perspective will be presented.  The presentation will end with a guided technique to allow all participants to experience a physical and mental shift.  To learn more about Kathy, go to her website: www.innersourceayurveda.com

In this ever-changing landscape, the time is now for us to learn and implement new strategies to evolve and grow with equanimity.